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TERMINALS - Little Things

Perennially unrecognized and underrated; The Terminals finally established their stature in 2007 with their release Last Days of the Sun (awarded one of the top 50 albums of the year in Wire magazine.) Mixing elements of classic VU, Doors, late 70s/early 80s post punk (Wire, Joy Division, etc.) with a unique strand of New Zealand rock that has been developing in isolation since the early 80s (Vacuum, Pin Group, The Clean, etc.). Its hard to understand why it took so long for the band to garner a little attention from the critics. The early 90s saw two full-length releases from the band (Touch and Little Things). Both are seriously meaty albums with guitar distortion and drums often taking the forefront (perhaps channeling a bit of Fun House), but pinned down by Stephen Cogles Ferry-esque vocals and that NZ rock sensibility. Little Things (1995) in particular stretches out the frenzy established with Touch; Jon Dale (NZs closest thing to a rock-musicologist) claims this to be their most sophisticated stage; drawing comparisons to Charlambides and Fushitsusha, yet never fully breaking away from rock. Indeed, its worth noting that Little Things was released side-by-side with the free noise entries like Gate, Handful of Dust, etc.; but unlike those bands, there was still a core part of the Terminals that was all about songs and lyrics -- even if that format was as dense and electrified as Musica Electronic. This much-needed reissue features both some serious remastering by the band and two live bonus tracks (one a cover of Roxy Musics Both Ends Burning). - Last Visible Dog.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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